Circumcision For Children

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Update Date 12/05/2020 . 1 min read
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Know the basics

What is Circumcision for children?

The circumcision is a surgery cutting the skin covering the penis’ head off.  In some parts in the world, boys have a circumcision right after they are born. Besides, it can be carried out after that, but the process is more complex.

To some families, the circumcision is religious rites. Besides, it can bring benefits such as help boys easily clean their sexual organ and reduce risk of STDs.

Why is Circumcision for children performed?

The circumcision is recommended due to the following reasons:

  • Medical reasons: paraphimosis (inability to retract the foreskin), balanitis xerotica obliterans (sclerosing of the penis skin), and infection occurs repeatedly.
  • Religious reasons: circumcision is commonly carried out in many ethnics in Africa and minor ethnics in the world.

The reasons why the circumcision becomes a routine procedure in some countries:

During the 19th century, many medical practitioners believed that being circumcised was more hygienic than not being circumcised.

As a result, the routine medical circumcision of all boys, regardless of religious faith, became a widespread practice in England. However, routine male circumcision gradually became less common as many members of the medical community began to argue that it had no real medical benefit in the vast majority of cases.

You should know of some alternatives to this treatment:

  • To balanitis xerotica obliterans, the circumcision is the best and the most absolute treatment for it.
  • To other diseases, doctors can recommend cutting the back the foreskin or conducting a procedure to reconstruct the appearance of the foreskin.
  • If your child does not have balanitis xerotica obliterans, your doctor will recommend cutting the back of the foreskin. The procedure helps expand the head of the foreskin.

Understand the risks

What are the risks of Circumcision for children?

Routine circumcision may offer a number of potential benefits, such as reducing the risk of some types of bacterial or viral infections. However, most healthcare professionals now agree that the risks associated with routine circumcision, such as infection and excessive bleeding, outweigh any potential benefits.

Common complications of circumcision are bleeding and infection. Side effects of anesthetic can also occur.

The circumcision can lead to foreskin problems (rare)include:

  • The foreskin can be cut too short or too long.
  • The foreskin doesn’t recover in a right way.
  • The remaining foreskin can stick to the penis head so you need to have your son receive a minor surgery to fix it.

It is important you understand the risks and complications before having this surgery. If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor or surgeon for more information.

Know what happens

How do I prepare for Circumcision for children?

Before surgery, doctors will explain risks and benefits of the procedure. If you want to have you son receive this procedure, you may need to sign in a paper to agree to receive it. You have to tell your doctor what medicines your son are taking, or any allergies and diseases. Additionally, before surgery you need to see a anesthesiologist and decide an appropriate anesthesia for your son. It is important to follow directions about stopping eating and drinking before surgery.

What happens during Circumcision for children?

It carried out under general anesthesia. It usually takes about 30 minutes.

Your son is laid up on a surgical table. Then the surgeon will clean the area around the penis. He/she will place a plastic ring in the penis and cut the foreskin along it. After that, the surgeon will stop the bleeding from small vessels and sew the skin up.

If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with your doctor or surgeon for more information.


What happens after Circumcision for children?

It usually takes up to 10 days for your son to recover completely. In the beginning, the penis head will be hurt, red and swollen; sometimes, a small amount of yellow fluid can leak from it. You should avoid pressing any heavy objects on the penis head. Change the penis’ dressing every day and keep the wound clean. The ring placed in the penis will automatically drop after 1 week. After the penis recovers completely, you can clean it with soap or water. Besides, you should see your doctor if there are symptoms include:

  • Not be able to urinate normally after 12 hours;
  • Persistent bleeding;
  • The ring placed during the surgery doesn’t automatically drop after 2 weeks.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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